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Special needs schools in the South-West

Are you looking for a special needs school in the South-West, or trying to find out more information about special schools in the region?

Search here for independent special needs schools in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Find and compare schools nearest to you and those with particular specialisms.

You will find all special schools in the South-West listed at the bottom of this page, with abbreviations denoting the conditions each school caters for (check our glossary for definitions).

Click on a school's name for information about that school. Schools at the top of the listings in highlighted panels feature full profile information including social media, website and email links and optional video.  

You can narrow down your search by using the search boxes below to select schools by age, gender, those that offer residential facilities, and those that have a speciality in:

a) social interaction difficulties (including autism and Asperger syndrome)

b) emotional, behavioural and/or social difficulties 

c) learning difficulties (including dyslexia/SPLD) 

d) sensory or physical impairment 

Our postcode search facility allows you to find and compare schools nearest to you by searching a radius of two to 100 miles. 

You can gain further advice from a selection of articles on this website about choosing a special needs school.  

These search results are from www.specialneedsguide.co.uk, the online edition of John Catt's Which School? for Special Needs guidebook, now in its 26th edition.



Shapwick School

Shapwick Manor,
Station Road,
Shapwick,
Somerset,
TA7 9NJ

www.shapwickschool.com

DYSL, DYSP

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3 Dimensions

Chardleigh House,
Chardleigh Green, Wadeford,
Chard,
Somerset,
TA20 3AJ

ADHD, AUT, EBD

Acorn School

Little Oak,
Knowstone,
South Molton,
Devon,
EX36 4SA

SEBD

Cambian Devon School

Intek House,
52 Borough Road,
Paignton,
Devon,
TQ4 7DQ

ASP, AUT, EBD, SEBD

Cambian Lufton College

Lufton,
Yeovil,
Somerset,
BA22 8ST

Hlmp, MLD, Physlmp, PMLD, SLD

Cambian Somerset School

Creech Court Lane,
Creech St. Michael,
Taunton,
Somerset,
TA3 5PX

AUT, EBD, Hlmp, SEBD

Cambian Wing College

126 Richmond Park Road,
Bournemouth,
Dorset,
BH8 8TH

ASD, ASP

Dame Hannah Rogers School

Woodland Road,
Ivybridge,
Devon,
PL21 9HQ

ASD, MLD, PhysD, PMLD, SLD

Devon Education and Children's Services

Bere Alston,
Yelverton,
Devon,
PL20 7EX

ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, CLD, EBD, GLD, MLD, SCD, SCLD

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education

50 Topsham Road,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX2 4NF

AUT, CP, Deaf, EPI, Hlmp, MLD, MSI, PartH, SpeechLD, VIS

Farleigh College Mells

Newbury,
Nr Mells,
Frome,
Somerset,
BA11 3RG

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, DYSL, DYSP

Farleigh Further Education College Frome

North Parade,
Frome,
Somerset,
BA11 2AB

ASP, LD

Foxes Academy

Selbourne Place,
Minehead,
Somerset,
TA24 5TY

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, CLD, DEL, DYSL, DYSP, EBD, GLD, HighA, Hlmp, LD, MLD, MSI, PhysD, PartH, SCD, SCLD, SLD, SPLD

Inaura School

Moorview House,
Burrowbridge,
Bridgwater,
Somerset,
TA7 0RB

ADHD, ASD, BESD, CLD, EBD, LD, SCD

Ivers College

Ivers, Hains Lane,
Marnhull,
Sturminster Newton,
Dorset,
DT10 1JU

EBD, LD, MLD, SCD

Kingsley School

Northdown Road,
Bideford,
Devon,
EX39 3LY

DYSL, DYSP

Langside School

Langside Avenue,
Parkstone,
Poole,
Dorset,
BH12 5BN

CLD, CP, EPI, MSI, PhysD, PMLD, SCD, SCLD, SLD

Mark College

Highbridge,
Somerset,
TA9 4NP

DYSL, DYSP, LD, SPLD, SpeechLD

Marlowe Education Unit

Hartpury Old School,
Gloucester Road,
Hartpury,
Gloucestershire,
GL19 3BG

EBD, MLD

Newbury Manor School

Newbury,
Mells, Nr. Frome,
Somerset,
BA11 3RG

ASD, ASP, AUT, SPLD

North Hill House School

Fromefield,
Frome,
Somerset,
BA11 2HB

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT

Oakwood Court

7/9 Oak Park Villas,
Dawlish,
Devon,
EX7 0DE

ADHD, ASP, DYSL, DYSP, EBD, EPI, MLD, SLD

On Track Training Centre

Unit 8, Paragon Buildings,
Ford Road,
Totnes,
Devon,
TQ9 5LQ

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, DEL, DYSL, DYSP, EBD, GLD, MLD, MSI, SCD, SPLD

Phoenix Academy

Newton Road,
North Petherton,
Somerset,
TA6 6NA

EBD

Portfield School

Parley Lane,
Christchurch,
Dorset,
BH23 6BP

ASD, AUT

Purbeck View School

Northbrook Road,
Swanage,
Dorset,
BH19 1PR

ASD, AUT

Somerset Progressive School

Bath House Farm,
West Hatch,
Taunton,
Somerset,
TA3 5RH

EBD

The Faringdon Centre

School Lane,
Salisbury,
Wiltshire,
SP1 3YA

EBD, MLD

The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy

Avon Tyrrell,
Bransgore,
Christchurch,
Dorset,
BH23 8EE

AUT, CP, DEL, DYSL, EBD, EPI, Hlmp, MLD, Physlmp, PMLD, SLD, SPLD, SpeechLD, VIS

The Forum School

Shillingstone,
Blandford Forum,
Dorset,
DT11 0QS

ASD, AUT

The Libra School

Edgemoor Court,
South Radworthy,
South Molton,
Devon,
EX36 3LN

EBD

The Marchant-Holliday School

North Cheriton,
Templecombe,
Somerset,
BA8 0AH

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, BESD, DYSL, DYSP, EBD, SCD

Three Bridges Education Centre

East Hill,
Blackwater,
Truro,
Cornwall,
TR4 8EG

ASD, ASP, AUT

Victoria Education Centre

12 Lindsay Road,
Branksome Park,
Poole,
Dorset,
BH13 6AS

DEL, EPI, Physlmp, SpeechLD

Vranch House

Pinhoe Road,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX4 8AD

CP, EPI, MLD, PhysD, Physlmp, PMLD, SpeechLD

WESC Foundation - The Specialist College for Visual Impairment

Countess Wear,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX2 6HA

EPI, Physlmp, PMLD, VIS

WESC Foundation - The Specialist School for Visual Impairment

Countess Wear,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX2 6HA

EPI, Physlmp, PMLD, VIS

Wessex College

Wessex Lodge,
Nunney Road,
Frome,
Wiltshire,
BA11 4LA

EBD